MBB: TCU Hosts Oklahoma State Wednesday

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FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU (17-8, 6-6) will try for its third consecutive victory at home when it hosts Oklahoma State (16-9, 5-7) Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on ESPNU with Clay Matvick (Play-By-Play) and Tim Welsh (Color) calling the action. The game can also be heard on KLIF AM 570, KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision, TuneIn Radio, Sirius 136 or XM 199.

The Opponent

Baylor is 16-9 overall and 5-7 in the Big 12 following an 84-71 win over Texas on Saturday. The Cowboys have an NCAA RPI of 29 and have won six of their last seven games after starting 0-6 in conference play. OSU is led by Juwan Evans and Jeffrey Carroll, who rank second and third, respectively, in the conference in scoring. Evans is averaging 18.0 points per game and Carroll, who scored a team-high 18 points against Texas, is averaging 17.5.

The Series

Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 24-4 and won the last meeting 89-76 on Jan. 23, 2017 in Stillwater. Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams each scored 20 points in the first meeting, while Williams also added 10 rebounds. The Cowboys lead the series in Fort Worth, 8-2, but the Frogs have won the last two. TCU won 63-56 last season on Feb. 8 in Fort Worth.

HOME COOKIN’

At 13-3, TCU is three home wins away from tying the school record of 16, for the most victories at home in a single season. TCU went 16-1 during the 1997-98 season. The Frogs’ 13 wins at home are the most since a 14-3 home record during the 2011-12 season. TCU is 4-3 at home against the top 100 in the current NCAA RPI rankings.

AMONG THE MOST IMPROVED

Going from 12-21 last season to 17-8 this season, TCU is the 12th most-improved team among NCAA DI schools. The loss differential of nine is four shy of the nation’s most-improved team, Minnesota (13).

it’s MILLER time

JD Miller is 11-of-15 from 3-point range in the last four games. The sophomore has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last six games after not having any in the previous six contests. The four 3-pointers Miller had in wins at Kansas State and against Texas Tech were career highs. Miller has averaged 12.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in the last five games. He is 8-for-10 from 3-point range in the second half of the last four games.

3-POINT SHOOTING UP

TCU has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game four times this season including a season-high 11 threes against Jacksonville State. In the four seasons prior to this one, TCU had just three games where it hit at least 10 3-pointers. The Frogs had nine-such games during the 2011-12 season.

FIRST SINCE

• TCU is at .500 in conference play through 12 games for the first time since the 2011-12 season, also at 6-6.

• TCU’s six conference wins are its most ever in the Big 12. TCU is in its fifth season in the league.

• TCU’s win at Texas was its first in Austin in 30 years, which was Jamie Dixon’s senior year.

• TCU swept the season series over Texas for the first time in 30 years.

• TCU’s win over Iowa State was its first in 20 years.

• TCU’s win at Kansas State was its first win in Manhattan in 18 years.

• TCU won three-straight conference games for the first time since the 2007-08 season when it was in the Mountain West.

Croak Notes

• In its five seasons in the Big 12, TCU has three road conference wins, two of those wins coming this season.

• In 12 Big 12 games, Jamie Dixon has coached as many conference wins (6) as TCU had in the last three years combined.

• TCU’s NCAA RPI is 36.

• TCU last played in the NCAA Tournament in 1998 with its last win in the tournament coming in 1987 when Dixon was a player.

• TCU is 17-4 against unranked opponents.

• The Frogs are 13-3 at home this season and 3-5 on the road.

• TCU is 16-3 when outrebounding its opponent.

• TCU is 7-1 when shooting over 50 percent from the field.

• TCU is 14-1 when leading at halftime (Baylor).

• TCU is 10-3 when forcing more turnovers than it commits (Baylor, Auburn).

• TCU’s 74.9 points per game is the highest average since the 2002-03 season (80.4).

• TCU is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, the most since the 1998-99 season (49.1).

• TCU’s 16.7 assists per game is the most since the 2000-01 season (18.9).

• TCU’s 36.3 rebounds per game is the most since the 2002-03 season (38.9).

• TCU currently ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 21 in the NCAA in assists (16.7).

• Kenrich Williams ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 42 in the NCAA with 9.3 rebounds per game.

• Brandon Parrish is a 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team® nominee.

• Parrish ranks 6th all-time in games played in school history. He is 8 away from the most in school history (129).

• Shepherd has tallied 617 career rebounds and needs 83 to become only the 10th player all-time to capture 700 boards.

• Alex Robinson has led TCU in assists 18 times this season.

• Robinson has at least four assists in all but four games this season.

• Williams ranks No. 24 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounds with a 3.3 average on the season.

• Vladimir Brodziansky ranks second in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally with 2.4 blocks per game.

• Brodziansky’s 60 total blocks ranks eighth for the most in school history for a single season.

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